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Greg McElroy’s four x-factors will determine this weekend’s Bama-LSU winner

Let me take a wild guess: You have been giddy with excitement as the Alabama-LSU football game draws closer.

You have listened to the pundits, yet you remain confused about which team will walk off the field a winner. Your brain is filled with frightening thoughts: What if Tua is not 100%? What if Bama misses another field goal when it matters most? What if the president’s visit distracts the Crimson Tide players?

Never fear, a hero of the game is here to put your mind at rest!

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy knows a thing or two about winning big games, and he knows a thing or two about delivering big plays against the LSU Tigers in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

It was November 7, 2009, when third-ranked Alabama took it to LSU 24-15. McElroy went 19-of-34 for 276 yards and two TD passes (a 21-yard TD pass to Darius Hanks and a 73-yard TD pass to Julio Jones) as Bama clinched a spot in the SEC Championship game.

These days, McElroy stays busy running between his numerous duties at ESPN and the SEC Network. He’s a game analyst, a studio contributor and a host at SEC Network. He has his own national radio show, and he’s just signed a deal to be a member of the XFL’s network broadcast team next spring. And while Greg is a man on the go, he remains grounded while living in the Birmingham area with his wife Meredith and the couple’s recently born son (a future 5-star quarterback come 2037?).

Greg somehow found 30 minutes out of his schedule to join the “Huts And Nuts” podcast, where he put on his thinking cap and shared his four x-factors for the big game — and they are x-factors that may not have come to mind.

Leave it to the man who graduated from UA in three years, was a Rhodes scholarship finalist and received a Master’s degree in Sports Management with a 4.0 GPA to educate us mere mortals on what to look for this weekend.

What a Saturday it will be in Tuscaloosa!

McElroy will be front and center as ESPN’s “College GameDay” and the SEC Network’s “SEC Nation” programs will broadcast live from on campus.

Later? President Trump will make his arrival, and soon thereafter it will be time for the Tide and the Tigers to get after it!

Former Alabama star Roger Shultz and yours truly had a great time picking Greg’s large brain about the Alabama-LSU game. I hope that you enjoy the podcast, and I hope that you have a very happy and successful weekend!


Rick Karle is a 24-time Emmy winning broadcaster and a special sports contributor to Yellowhammer News. He is also the host of the Huts and Nuts podcast.